Saturday, January 9, 2010

Screening of the Film "Garbage Dreams", Wednesday, January 13th from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, FIU Main Campus

On Wednesday, January 13th, Trash to Treasure's  Casey Eckels will be at the screening of the film “Garbage Dreams” which focuses on 3 teenage boys who have grown up in a village outside of Cairo, Egypt.  The people of this village are known as the “Zaballeen” – Arabic for “garbage people” – as this village is known for recycling 80% of the trash they collect.  The film follows these 3 boys who were born into the business of trash collection and are now forced to make choices that will impact the survival of their community as a multi-national corporation threatens their livelihood.

This screening is part of a monthly series called Community Cinema.  The purpose of the Community Cinema is to “bring together citizens, organizations and public television stations to encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues.” – Community Cinema website:
Each month, Hands On Miami partners with ITVS (the Independent Television Service), Independent Lens (seen locally on PBS), Florida International University, and nonprofit organizations from Miami-Dade County in order to screen these films and have a discussion in a public forum. They screen a film and hold an open forum discussion on the topics covered in the film immediately following the screening.

Casey will be there as an expert on recycling and solid waste issues.  Correlations can be drawn between issues faced by the Zaballeen and those who promote reduce, reuse, recycle here in the US.  It is a constant battle against large corporations and indifferent government.  Come out for this insightful, thought provoking evening.

The location at FIU is:
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th ST
Building GC 140

For more information:
Mario Duron
AmeriCorps Member 
Hands On Miami
Phone: 305-646-7460
Fax: 305-646-7205

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